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Weekly Update : April 9th

“In the Eucharist you really meet Jesus, share His life, feel His love; there you experience that His Death & Resurrection are for you.”

 Pope Francis

Easter is the time to rejoice and be thankful for the gift of life, love and joy. Stay safe at home. Have a blessed Easter!

The great gift of Easter is hope. ~ Basil Hume

Thank you:

Thank you to all of our students for your commitment to your learning and your perseverance in tackling a whole new way to learn!

Thank you to our parents for your patience and support in setting up your child to participate in Distance Learning. Please know we understand that this is very challenging for many of our families and we are here to support you.

Thank you to our AMAZING staff for embracing Distance Learning and for providing our students with the best possible education in light of all the circumstances!

A very special Thank you to Mrs. Thompson for all of her help in arranging refunds for our parents for Pizza Days, Milk, Popcorn and Field Trips!!!

Gentle Reminders:

Holy Week

HCDSB Families are invited to participate in the rituals of Holy Week. View the “Holy Week at Home” resources for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter at Thank you Gillian Federico, System Chaplain & Faith Formation Lead, HCDSB

Having Trouble Logging in Multiple Children on D2L?

In households where multiple children need to log into D2L on one device, there are options that will allow two or more students to be logged in to their class portals at the same time. This will help reduce the number of sign-ins needed and make accessing D2L classes easier and faster for students. 
For detailed instructions, visit the HCDSB Learn at Home website and access the following page:

Grade 8 Year End Trip and Graduation

In light of the current COVID-19 health situation, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our Grade 8 year-end trip, and possibly Graduation. Although at this time, schools are scheduled to re-open for students on Monday, May 4, given the current uncertainty and the rapidly changing developments of this health situation, the decision to cancel the year-end trip was made in the best interest of student safety and well-being.  The year-end trip and graduation from elementary school are special events in the life of a student and his or her family. It is a time to celebrate the successful completion of their elementary school education, and the transition to secondary school. We know our students and parents will be very disappointed if we are unable to hold a Graduation Ceremony. We share in your disappointment and are committed to exploring alternative ways to celebrate your son or daughter’s Grade 8 graduation. This may mean rescheduling our graduation ceremony to a later date. It may mean finding ways to commemorate this milestone within a virtual setting. We will gather input from students, parents and staff, and together we will find a way to honour and celebrate your child’s Grade 8 graduation in these extraordinary times.

Student Class Placement – September 2020 – Although it is only April, preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2020-2021 school year.  As such, in the coming months, teachers will be organizing student class placements.  As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students.  When building a class, teachers look at the following criteria;

  • Balance of ability – academic skills
  • Balance according to gender
  • Learning style – how the learner learns
  • Teaching style – how the teacher teaches
  • Social blending – who gets along with whom
  • Parental input – re: learning style of the student

Please note, that parental input is important to us and is weighed with other criteria.  Specific teacher requests cannot be considered.  Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of a letter/email to the Principal, Mrs. L. Cronin-Nowitsky ( This letter/email should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment the student best learns in.  Letters/emails should be submitted to Mrs. L. Cronin-Nowitsky by Friday, May 1st.  Please remember that many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process.  We will have approximately 400 students in September and we do our very best to develop classes that will be formed in order to maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful! Your trust in our professional judgment is greatly appreciated.


If you are aware that you will not be returning to Canadian Martyrs’ CES in September, please let the office know. We are starting preliminary planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful when we look at class organization.

Cash On Line

All refunds have been made, please check your method of payment to ensure that you received your refund~ thank you!

Promoting Well-Being:  Mental Health Tips & Resources for HCDSB Families

Ongoing news coverage about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may be upsetting for many children, youth and families in our community. Our HCDSB Mental Health Leadership Team has compiled a list of tips and resources to help you and your child feel safe during this time of uncertainty. 

Speaking with Children about COVID-19

Key messages for supporting children include:

  • Reassure your child(ren)that they are safe
  • Provide extra emotional support (attention and affection).
  • Minimize their exposure to media coverage of the events.
  • Talk calmly about the events and answer any questions they might have at a good level for their age (not too much detail, especially for younger children).
  • Look for signs that your child is struggling (e.g., nervousness, irritability, problems eating or sleeping), and check in with a professional if you are worried.

Community Resources

In addition, parents may want to further explore the following resources in our community:

Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support during this time. We continue to hold all our students and families in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep following the advice of our Public Health professionals as you care for yourselves and your families.

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Looking Ahead:

Good Friday ~ No school
Apr 10 all day
Easter Monday ~ No School
Apr 13 @ 3:38 pm – 4:38 pm
Gr. 7 Immunization
Apr 14 all day
Student Award of Excellence
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cross Country Meet
Apr 23 @ 3:38 pm – 4:38 pm
Track & Field @ ND
Jun 1 all day
Gr. 8 Graduation
Jun 22 all day
Last Day of School
Jun 26 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting #1
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
First Communion Make-Up Date
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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